Apple visionary Steve Jobs named most fascinating person of 2011
A deceased celebrity tops Barbara Walters' annual list for the first time.
Wed, Dec 14 2011 at 11:47 PM
Barbara Walters interviewed several newsmakers for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" special on Wednesday night, including Herman Cain and the Kardashian family, but she saved the night's biggest honor for the late Steve Jobs.
Jobs, the visionary Apple co-founder who died at 56 in October, was the first deceased person to be recognized by Walters' annual newsmaker show. "He wanted things insanely great and would take or accept nothing less than that," Disney president and CEO Bob Iger said during the broadcast. "There were really only two things in Steve's life. There was Apple and there was his family, and he zealously protected both of those," Iger said.
Other notables interviewed by Walters on the program were Donald Trump, Pippa Middleton, Derek Jeter and Katy Perry.
Jobs has been top of mind since he passed away earlier this year. A few weeks after his death, his much-anticipated biography was released to high acclaim. Written by noted author Walter Isaacson, whose research encompassed more than 40 interviews with Jobs as he battled pancreatic cancer, the book has remained on the New York Times bestseller list since it was released in October. Sony Pictures, the company behind the Facebook movie, quickly snapped up the film rights to the book. Meanwhile, the new iPhone 4S, unveiled the day before Jobs died, sold more than 4 million units during its first weekend on sale.
Shortly before Jobs' death, Apple briefly passed Exxon Mobil as the world's most valuable company.
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